What is a limerick?
It is believed that limericks date back to the 14th century, and originated in the Irish town of Limerick. The limerick is a humorous five-line poem with two rhymes: one shared by the first, second and fifth lines, and the other shared by the shorter third and fourth lines. Limericks were popularised in the 19th century by the British humourist Edward Lear, although limerick examples are found in the works of authors as diverse as William Shakespeare and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. These funny limericks use their bouncy rhyme scheme to explore concepts like math, science, and philosophy. The twisty, punny verses will get you thinking – and giggling!
Gasman named dieter
A forgetful old gasman named Dieter, / Who went poking around his gas heater, / Touched a leak with his light; / He blew out of sight— / And, as everyone who knows anything about poetry can tell you, he also ruined the meter.
A young Cretan
There was a young fellow of Crete / Who was so exceedingly neat / When he got out of bed / He stood on his head / To make sure of not soiling his feet.